Marvel Legends House of X Cyclops figure review

Jonathan Hickman’s House of X Cyclops had me at simply not being portrayed as the worst mutant ever. While some of the Hickman X-era has left me a little cold at least he’s done right by my favorite X-Man.

Cyclops is back to being the man in front of the man similar to his original portrayal in X-Men. In some ways it’s a demotion from his Utopia run mutantkind phase, but at least he’s not trying to wipe out everything under Phoenix’s influence either. Since I dig his current attire, getting the House of X Cyclops was a big stretch for me. Let’s see how this version matches up with the rest of my Marvel Legends Cyke figures.

Packaging:   The Krakoan language and white accents makes for a striking packaging that stands out from the norm.

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I really like the artwork on these from Pepe Larraz and Marte Gracia as it showcases the character well. The bio sets the stage from the first issue of House of X with the crazy opening sequence that leaves Cyclops’ team in a very bad way.

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Likeness:  It’s too late into Cyclops production for Hasbro to introduce a new buck so he’s still using the now sorta vintage Bucky Cap body with some new gauntlets and belt for his House of X look. The belt is reused from the House of X Magneto to provide a little team visual continuity.

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Cyclops’ head sculpt is reused from the stellar Cyclops/Dark Phoenix two-pack. I’m partial to this head sculpt as it captures Cyke’s calm, calculated demeanor perfectly.

I like the addition of the gauntlets as they visually tease the flared gloves from the Cockrum/Byrne attire with some modern flourishes.

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Paint:  One of the highlights of this attire is the color scheme, which keeps the dark blue base with light blue accents instead of his classic yellow. It’s a new era, but Cyke has traditionally been in blue and this color scheme fits his past while recognizing his mutant outlaw past with blue instead of red — and the horrendous red X on his cowl — from his “terrorist” phase.

The lining on this outfit could have been tricky, but Hasbro knocked it out with clean linework throughout. This light blue could have been a problem with bleed through so it was nice to see Hasbro didn’t skimp on the paint apps to ensure the base blue didn’t peek through. Hasbro used a touch of that pearlescent paintwork for his outfit, which gives it a little extra pop.

Cyke’s smaller details like the belt buckle and the light blue effects on the gauntlet came out clean as well.

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Scale:  Cyclops is normally considered the baseline height for the X-Men so as long as he’s taller than Wolverine and shorter than Colossus, I’m fine.

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Articulation:  You probably know the articulation strengths and weaknesses of this base body more than any other Marvel Legends figure at this point. The lack of butterfly shoulders is a bit frustrating for a 2021 figure and the smaller feet make finding the balancing sweet spot trickier than necessary.

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Those problems aside you won’t have much trouble striking solid poses with this figure.

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House of X Cyclops has:

  • neck
  • ball-jointed shoulders
  • elbow  (double-jointed)
  • wrist
  • wrist hinge
  • torso
  • waist
  • hip
  • thigh
  • knee (double-jointed)
  • ankle

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Accessories:  Cyclops gets a decent amount of accessories. He’s got the angry optic blasting head previously seen on the X-Factor Retro version.

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I dig this one since it shows Cyke a little fired up and allows for the placement of the separate optic blast effect piece. It’s made of a translucent red and is long enough that it conveys his power at work.

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Finally, he’s got the left arm for the Build-A-Figure Tri-Sentinel from the presumed future of the X-Men.

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Worth it?  Target had a buy 2, get 1 free sale on figures including pre-orders so I got the entire wave with that awesome deal. Getting each figure for $13.33 worked out to Black Friday prices so it’s hard to complain.

Rating:  10 out of 10

I really like this costume and while the body is a little dated, Hasbro knocked it out resulting in another great Cyclops figure.

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Where to get it?  You can grab House of X Cyclops from Amazon, Entertainment Earth and Hasbro Pulse.

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